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In this groundbreaking study, Jacob A. Tropp explores the interconnections between negotiations over the environment and an emerging colonialrelationship in a particular South African context—the Transkei—subsequently the largest of the notorious “homelands” under apartheid.In the late nineteenth century, South Africa’s Cape Colony completed its incorporation of the area beyond the Kei River, known as the Transkei, and began transforming the region into a labor reserve. It simultaneously restructured popular access to local forests, reserving those resources for the benefit of the white settler economy. This placed new constraints on local Africans in accessingresources for agriculture, livestock management, hunting, building materials, fuel, medicine, and ritual practices. Drawing from a diverse array of oral and written sources, Tropp reveals how bargaining over resources—between and among colonial officials, chiefs and headmen, and local African men and women—was interwoven with major changes in local political authority, gendered economic relations, and cultural practices as well as with intense struggles over the very meaning and scope of colonial rule itself.Natures of Colonial Change sheds new light on the colonial era in the Transkei by looking at significant yet neglected dimensions of this history: how both“colonizing” and “colonized” groups negotiated environmental access among and between each other, and how such negotiations helped shape the broader making and meaning of life in the new colonial order.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Front Matter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction: Colonial and Environmental Histories, Past and Present
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. Part I
  2. p. 29
  1. 1. Tensions in the Colonial Restructuring of Local Environmental Authority,1880–c. 1915
  2. pp. 31-62
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  1. 2. Environmental Entitlements in the New Colonial Order,1888–c. 1905
  2. pp. 63-88
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  1. 3. Shifting Terrains of Wood Access in the Early Twentieth Century, 1903–1930s
  2. pp. 89-121
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  1. Part II
  2. p. 123
  1. 4. Remapping Historical Landscapes: Forest Species and the Contours of Social and Cultural Life
  2. pp. 125-144
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  1. 5. The Python and the Crying Tree: Commentaries on the Nature of Colonial and Environmental Power
  2. pp. 145-159
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 160-166
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 167-233
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 235-261
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 263-268
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780821442272
Related ISBN
9780821416990
MARC Record
OCLC
658100273
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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